||Specific follow up on threat to Civil Liberties! (HR 2975 and S
||10/10/01 12:10:07 PM Pacific Daylight Time
This will hopefully be the last need for
sending such a message, but it is a response to so many of you asking me
the specifics of the bills being put through Congress, which will potential
restrict our civil liberties in powerful ways.
If you are concerned now about civil
liberties, these are the bills that Congress is attempting to rush through.
We could live with their effects forever if we are not careful. So
educate yourself and take the time to correspond with your senators
The vote on this stuff is happening
very quickly, so take time to speak now. For instance, they wanted
to vote on these issues last night (Tuesday), but only one senator
held them up. The bill labelled HR 2975 is in the House, the bill
labelled S 1510 is in the Senate.
I would suggest that you first READ the article at the bottom of
this email. However, if you want to see the specifics of the
bills, go to website: http://thomas.loc.gov/ and follow the instructions
for reading the text (search by bill number - include the HR and S before
To contact your Congresspeople, go to website:
And if you have not had the time to read the Monthly Weather Report,
this is vital information to becoming educated - so that you can become a
part of the healing response, not the fear. As we move forward into
this time of initiation and challenge (which will bring us into an unprecedented
time of healing - if we respond and stand in our loving truth), it is vital
that we hold the resonance of
Senator Blocks Terror Bill Over Civil Liberties
JESSE J. HOLLAND
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (Oct. 10) - The Bush administration's anti-terrorism legislation
has stalled because of one senator's concern that it will erode civil liberties.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., tried to hurry the bill through
Tuesday, but Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., refused Daschle's request to let
the bill go through without debate or amendment.
``I can't quite understand why we can't have just a few hours of debate,''
said Feingold, who wants the chance to limit some of the police powers in
the Senate legislation.
The House and Senate last week came up with anti-terrorism bills based on
an outline offered by Attorney General John Ashcroft, who has been urging
Congress to quickly pass the bill.
When Senate negotiations on an airline security bill stalled, Daschle asked
senators to unanimously agree to move on to the anti-terrorism bill.
Under Daschle's plan, the Senate would have voted on final passage of the
bill Tuesday evening and senators would not have been allowed to offer
amendments. But Feingold refused to go along, saying he wanted to add four
important amendments to limit some of the bill's police powers.
Feingold's amendments would:
Eliminate a provision in the bill that would allow police to secretly search
Narrow a provision that allows federal officials to wiretap telephones.
Keep the FBI from being able to access Americans' personal records.
Clarify the federal government's ability to wiretap computers.
``It is crucial that civil liberties in this country be preserved,'' Feingold
said. ``Otherwise the terrorists will win the battle against American values
without firing another shot.''
The anti-terrorism bill now will have to wait until senators finish the aviation
bill, which worries some senators. ``There is a danger that the aviation
bill will tangle up the rest of this week, and we won't be able to get to
it until next week,'' said Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
The House, meanwhile, is expected to move on an anti-terrorism bill before
the end of the week. However, House aides say administration officials are
pressuring House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., to take the Senate bill
instead of the bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
The Bush administration prefers the Senate bill to the House bill, which
eliminates most of the bill's police power in 2004. The House bill also does
not have anti-money-laundering provisions requested by the White House.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that regardless of what's
in either bill, it will be changed in negotiations between the House and
Senate. The House-Senate conference committee bill ``will be the final package,''
The bill numbers are H.R. 2975 and S. 1510.